The Tale of Two Apples

by: Amanda Occhipinti

by: Amanda Occhipinti

True story.

I purchased two locally grown Gala apples last week. We’re not huge fruit eaters in this house but I figured they would get been eaten at some point during the week. Since they were still sitting on our counter this morning, I asked Mike if he just didn’t like apples.

“I like them, I just prefer them cut up,” he said.

I laughed out loud.

So, the task of the day amongst the usual Sunday ritual of gym--meal prep--laundry was to come up with a recipe so these apples could be eaten (to Mike's liking).

All the ingredients used, I already had in the house. Fair warning to anyone who tries this recipe, it is 100% from scratch. Comments and tips are welcome!

2 large gala apples washed and diced, skin on
4 TBSP Truvia divided
3 TBSP unsweetened apple sauce
1 scoop NutraBio Vanilla Whey Protein Isolate
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup oatmeal ground into oat flour
1/2 cup almonds chopped
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
4 tsp cinnamon, divided
1/4 tsp sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Coat a non-stick 9x9 baking pan with cooking spray of choice.
  3. In a mixing bowl combine the apples, applesauce, 1 TBSP of Truvia, and 2 tsp ground cinnamon. Toss well and place in baking dish.
  4. In the same bowl combine the oatmeal, oat flour, almonds, protein powder, and remaining cinnamon.
  5. Melt the 3 TBSP of Truvia in the coconut oil and add the oil mixture to the dry ingredients and stir.
  6. Pour into baking dish to cover the apples.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is nicely browned.
  8. Serve alone or with your favorite topping.